Special Sub-Topic: 1990s U.S. Album Cover Art
|The center of the picture for this album is a bunch of roses. The red flowers at first lure you in with an image of innocence and happiness...until you look at the bottom row, and notice that one flower is white, with tiny drops of red in the corner. It finally hits you: once, they were all white--and the "red stuff" that changed them is what you think it is. The music shares the cover art's themes of betrayal, loss and horror. What album was it?|
Concrete Blonde, "Bloodletting". The album contains classic songs such as "Caroline" and "Joey." The group recorded and toured through the early 2000s.
|The cover for this album featured a map. It was done in the style of the dramatic illustrations of the great explorers. This was one of the last recordings the group made with its lead vocalist, who left to pursue solo interests. What cover is this?|
The Pogues, "Hell's Ditch". Notable tracks include "Summer in Siam" and "The Sunny Side of the Street." Vocalist Shane MacGowan would later exit the group and create another ensemble, the Popes.
|The picture here is from the second album by a particular group. The cover is a close-up of someone's hands as they play guitar. The entire image is filtered in an eerie red and pink glow. What album is this? |
My Bloody Valentine, "Loveless". The group is known to take extremely long amounts of time to complete their recording work. They went five years between their first album, "Isn't Anything," and the release of "Loveless." As of the writing of this quiz in early 2007, it is rumored they are still working on full-length album number three.
|On this cover, there is a puppet-like figure. It is made out of knitting. It has a head shaped like a matchstick, with two little ears. The eyes are dots. The figure appears to be smiling. What album is this?|
Sonic Youth, "Dirty". The album contained songs like "100%" and "Wish Fulfillment." It was released on the DGC label.
|The picture on the cover of this album is in the style of a Norman Rockwell-era advertisement. The brightly colored illustration shows a woman holding up a fresh dessert. The group shares its name with the centerpiece of a Monty Python skit; the object was supposed to be Scotland's secret weapon in winning Wimbledon. What album is it?|
Blancmange, "Second Helping: Best Of". The album was a greatest hits collection by the synthpop group. The dessert the woman was holding up was, of course, a Blancmange.
|On this cover, an animatronic robot with a human head reaches his arms toward the viewer. The album was released in two editions, English and German. What is it?|
Kraftwerk, "The Mix". This album featured many of the group's greatest hits, mixed together in a long set. It was released in two editions, one for each language in which the group has recorded. Kraftwerk reunited for successful tours and live albums in the 2000s.
|An android-like figure, which resembles a car test mannequin, tilts its head back as if inhaling fresh air. You can see little white medical monitoring patches on the figure's chest. What album is this?|
Radiohead, "The Bends". The title refers to the sickness which strikes ocean divers if they try to resurface too quickly. Notable tracks from the album included "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" and "Fake Plastic Trees."
|Two aggressive greyhounds race down the course. What album is this?|
Blur, "Parklife". The album was a huge hit in the U.K. It also garnered them much attention in the U.S.
|On this cover, the singer appeared on a billboard, with the name of the group and album. Oddly enough, this has nothing to do with the subject matter of the songs. What album is it?|
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Henry's Dream". The album was released in 1992. A key song is "Christina the Astonishing."
|This cover features pictures of a person's face covered up by someone else's hand, as well as the same face uncovered and free. At the side is an illustration of a woman carrying a book. What album is it?|
Superchunk, "On the Mouth". The image on the left seems to have little to do with the startling pictures on the right. Key songs included "Mower" and "The Question is How Fast."
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